Wage Theft

Whether an employer acts out of ignorance or greed, wage theft is a real problem facing low- to middle-income American workers. An employer can steal a worker's wage through a variety of means. Some of the ways an employer can steal a worker's wages include:

  • Requiring workers to work "off-the-clock" and not recording their true hours worked.
  • Having workers sign blank time cards or forging workers' signatures and then recording fewer hours worked.
  • Deducting unauthorized and unlawful amounts from a worker's paycheck.
  • Delaying payment of wages to a convenient time for the employer to pay ("banking hours").
  • Refusing to allow a worker to take his or her 30-minute meal break or 10-minute rest break.
  • Not paying a worker for remaining on call during a meal break.
  • Illegally treating some workers as "exempt" from the minimum wage.
  • Using non-hourly pay methods (flat rate, piece rate, salary, commissions) to hide the fact the employer is paying less than the hourly minimum wage.
  • Issuing paychecks without sufficient funds in the bank to cover the check ("bouncing checks").
  • Retroactively paying a worker less than what was agreed (paying a worker that was hired at $12.00 for hours already worked at $10.00 an hour instead).
  • Some unscrupulous employers are cunning in how they line their own pockets with the hard-earned wages of their workers. If you feel you are the victim of wage theft in Kennewick, WA, call employment attorney Adam R. Pechtel now at (509) 586-3091.